Imagine Schools Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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  1. Passionate administration

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imagine Schools full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Admin are passionate and really want to make the school great. Because it's a school of choice, fewer problem children.

    Cons

    Admin can be demanding of teacher and staff's time. The school could use a stinger and more unique mission statement. In many ways we are just a different version of the local public schools in the area.

    Advice to Management

    Choose something that this school can be that is unique. What about trying to be more prepetory. Just doing what the public schools do defeats the purpose of the charter movement in the first place.


  2. Imagine

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Imagine Schools

    Pros

    Small close knit school community.

    Cons

    Questionable loyalty to employees. Great management overlooked and dismissed. Salaries and benifits are OK. Some districts have better benefits.


  3. Working for Imagine Schools

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tallahassee, FL

    I have been working at Imagine Schools full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Imagine is a community where teachers, administrators, and families have a voice when it comes to decisions that affect the school.

    Cons

    Lack of resources can be an issue. True mentorship for new teachers is not strong. Having set goals for the year regarding expectations of teachers would be beneficial. Too many changes all the time.

    Advice to Management

    You must have a true understanding and knowledge of what each employee is doing in their position. Folks should never feel that they are quickly replaceable.


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  5. Anonymous

    Former Employee - Anonymous Teacher in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Teacher in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Imagine Schools

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing good to say about this real estate investment company. They are just interested in profits and having relatives work for them!

    Cons

    I worked in Columbus. The Regional team is all relatives and they do nothing and are not qualified! They don't have to do anything because they are all related. Cronyism is what it's all about. They are a real estate company and could care less about resources for kids. It's a shame they are in Ohio or anywhere. Be prepared to feel pressure to market the school and sell, sell, sell. The more kids they get the more money they make and that's all they want. The relatives do nothing and are lazy! Of course, they can get away with it. All upper management does is cover for themselves so and all their relatives!!

    Advice to Management

    Management doesn't listen to advice! They just care about profits and helping their relatives in the Columbus Region!


  6. Teacher

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Surprise, AZ
    Current Employee - Teacher in Surprise, AZ

    I have been working at Imagine Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The kids are wonderful, very hard working staff, and a world of potential.

    Cons

    lack of everything (money, space, support). Expect to work way too hard and not get recognized or paid for it. The staff acts like they are still in high school and treats you poorly if you arent part of the click.

    Advice to Management

    Stop screwing over your teachers. Constant movement makes it hard for teachers to get really good at their subjects. Solve the schools identity crisis (not all students should be on the fast track for cambridge)


  7. 4th Grade Teacher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Surprise, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Surprise, AZ

    I have been working at Imagine Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Love the Kids at Hope philosophy.

    Cons

    Charter Schools are a challenging place to work these days.


  8. Paraprofessional

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aide in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Aide in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Imagine Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Kids come first! Everyone is there for the kids!

    Cons

    Rough demographics presents a challenge, but also more opportunity to make a difference in a child's life.

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Very good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imagine Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment staff and leadership

    Cons

    Need to give raises sooner low salary

    Advice to Management

    Listen to teachers more


  10. Helpful (1)

    Most disappointing educational facility

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Imagine Schools

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues, some effective outside professional development opportunities

    Cons

    Unprofessional and inexperienced "leadership" , treats professional educators poorly, very challenging environments with poor support systems and resources available, turnover rate in staff and students very high, schools are constantly in poor rating standings, no concern for safety of staff, be prepared to spend time trying to sell and market these schools that you would never consider sending your own child to


  11. Too Many Chiefs

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imagine Schools full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great friendships are formed with employees and watching the children grow.

    Cons

    Too many people in charge...yet no one wants to make decision. They often just talk and talk about situations without any action. No one wants to make a decision in case it's the wrong one and they become the target of talks.

    Advice to Management

    Narrow the "Chiefs" into specific issue solvers so the employees know who to contact and who will offer support to the issue.



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